Grass Walk at Riverbend Park with botanist Sarah Chamberlain

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Date(s) - Saturday, July 14, 2018
9:00 am - 11:30 am

Riverbend Park Nature Center


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Join Sarah Chamberlain for an expert’s eye view of the grasses, sedges, and other flora in the woods at Riverbend Park. Grasses likely to be in flower include deer-tongue grass (Dichanthelium clandestinum), bottle-brush grass (Elymus hystrix) and nodding fescue (Festuca subverticillata), and we’ll get the added benefit of the forbs also in bloom in Riverbend’s rich riverine ecosystem. This is an easy walk, but come prepared for warm temperatures and to minimize tick exposure.

Ms. Chamberlain is Assistant Research Professor and Curator of the Herbarium at Penn State University and has recently completed her book “Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic.” Her research primarily focuses on the development and validation of bio-assessment tools for wetlands in the Mid-Atlantic region. She teaches workshops on plant identification and frequently lectures on plant-related topics. She has developed a number of materials to aid in plant identification, particularly related to grasses, sedges, and rushes. Ms. Chamberlain maintains Riparia’s reference collection of more than 200 wetland sites in Pennsylvania. Current research projects include Regional Floristic Quality Assessment for the Mid-Atlantic states; Mid-Atlantic Wetlands Work Group; and wetland plants of the Mid-Atlantic.


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